As a celluloid junkie, I've been dreading this news for a long time. But it was probably inevitable: The IMDB
cited a New York Times article yesterday that said Hollywood's major studios have agreed on a plan to get digital projectors into movie theaters. Inevitably these will replace the traditional projectors—which means that movies transmitted via satellite or fiber-optic cable will replace prints on film.
The benefits are only for the studio and distributor, not the consumer. Although installing the new projectors will be expensive, the movies themselves can be shown at a minuscule fraction of one celluloid print. That means ticket prices will drop, right? Sure—and dogs will crap Raisinets. And the digital projection I've seen offers even less for your ticket dollar. It lacks depth of field, looks cheap and has almost no texture. I believe Regal currently broadcasts its infernal "The 2wenty" ("Entertainment Ignited"—if only someone would!) on digital projectors.
The article says that high standards are being set for the projectors, and that they'll allow for upgrades as the technology changes. Fine. But unless they deliberately incorporate digital distortion, most DV features already look like crud compared to film. Make way for better-projected crud.